A WEEKEND GLAMPING IN NORTH NORFOLK
So Norfolk may not be the furthest place from home to visit (literally only 2 hours drive for me) but for some reason I just love it! Everyone just seems friendlier here, the countryside is beautiful and the towns and villages all look like postcard pictures.
Now, I really love the seaside. A lot of my childhood was spent at my beach hut in Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex and these were the best days. I’m actually still pretty gutted that my parents sold it a few years ago now. North Norfolk is home to over 90 miles of coastline with lush soft sand, dunes and plenty of wildlife so I was in my element.
Saying that though, I spent 2 nights glamping in a woods at the Deer’s Glade campsite which actually turned out to be one of the favourite places I have ever, ever stayed. There are a variety of pitches and types of accommodation available but I was in a Mega Pod. It’s pretty much my dream home.
North Norfolk is full of beautiful places to visit, but as I was only there for a short amount of time and of course, everything was being done on a budget, I went to the places close by that I really wanted to see.
Holt is a small village just a few miles away, and is the perfect example of the postcard picture village. It’s tiny but it’s full of quirky alleys and cafes and has a very calming, cake eating, mooching around kind of feel to it. It’s full of those super pretty cosy shops full of loads of homely bits that I love to look at but never actually buy from.
Now for some reason, even though Cromer is famous for Crab, I didn’t actually have some. I’m not sure how this happened but I guess the thought of having anything other than good old Fish n’ Chips was just something I couldn’t handle. I’m a creature of habit sometimes and I just don’t care. But anyway, the beach at Cromer is beautiful! With a lovely pier to walk along and beach huts a bit further down, it’s the stereotypical British seaside which I just love. For me, the seaside is where I can switch off and just enjoy being somewhere.
As the name suggests, Wells isn’t quite right on the sea. The town is actually a mile from open water but it has been used as a port of hundreds of years. The one annoying thing about Norfolk is the cost of parking so time was pretty limited here. To be honest, it is a lovely place but a quick mooch along the water side was enough to get a flavour of the place.
This was my favourite, favourite, FAVOURITE place I visited in North Norfolk. I’m a sucker for a cute animal so when I learnt that they was a colony of Grey Seals at Horsey Beach, there was no way I was going to miss out. And I was not disappointed!
The beach is surrounded by dunes and is absolutely stunning. It looks like it stretches on for miles. It’s one of the cleanest beaches I have seen and the sand was amazing soft.
From the second I reached the top of the dunes I could see the seals in the water. Their cute little heads popping up and groups of them playing together. I was just amazed that it was so easy to find them. Absolute bliss!
As I had hopped over the dunes, I walked along the beach towards the main colony. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this but there are literally hundreds of them basking in the sun right on the shore. No barriers penning them in. No man made signs shoved everywhere warning you to not be an idiot and get to close. No huge crowds making lots of noise. Nothing. Just the chance to watch the seals with the respect that animals in their habitats deserve.
Deer’s Glade was just the best place to be based. The forest, the seaside, the wildlife, the tranquility and of course the price. This was by far one of the cheapest places to go Glamping that I have come across, which probably explains why I’m well behind on doing this. So it doesn’t have a hot tub like some places do, but you just don’t need that here. There’s the chance to explore in comfort but not to be so sheltered from nature. It was perfect!